New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean made up of two main landmasses – the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands. Performing Arts Abroad's New Zealand programs are on the South Island. Because of its remoteness, New Zealand was one of the last lands on earth to be settled by humans. Through its isolation, New Zealand has developed a distinctive biodiversity of plant, animal, and fungal life. Today, most of the country's population of 4.5 million is of European descent, with the indigenous Māori as the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, and the official languages are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language, with English being predominant. There is a rich performing arts culture throughout both islands, with many Māori traditions preserved and promoted through music and dance. A highly developed film scene has supported the likes of Peter Jackson and other filmmakers who have won 16 Oscars from 41 nominations at the U.S. Film Academy Awards.

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  • Dance Semester in New Zealand

    Study dance at New Zealand’s oldest university! The dance world in New Zealand is thriving, with a fascinating blend of Maori traditional dance, contemporary and modern, and many other styles. Dur... Read more

  • Film Semester in New Zealand

    Study film from an extensive course offering at New Zealand’s oldest university. The film industry in New Zealand is booming and filmmakers from this island nation have won 16 Academy Awards from 4... Read more

  • Music Semester in New Zealand

    Study music at New Zealand’s oldest university! The music world in New Zealand is thriving, and you will have the chance to take courses in a wide variety of musical styles and instruments, play in... Read more

  • Theater Semester in New Zealand

    Study theater at New Zealand’s oldest university! The theater world in New Zealand is thriving, and you will have the chance to take courses in a wide variety of courses. Every Thursday and Friday... Read more